Thursday, April 26, 2012

Gifts for Teachers Part I

It's that time of the year again - when school draws to a close and we say goodbye to teachers and classmates. The girls have been working on gifts for their teachers and classmates, and I thought I'd share them here  a little earlier than usual. This way, if you want to use any of the ideas, you'll have time to gather supplies and execute them.

This is an idea from my pinterest board, which I got from here. I can usually think of any number of gifts for teachers, but not many that the kids can do independently. This one was perfect. 

We collected all the broken crayons in the house,

stripped off their paper casings

and began breaking them into similar-length pieces.

Then we set out black art paper (cut to fit the picture frames), drew an initial in pencil, spread white glue over the pencil lines and had the kids arrange the crayon bits in place.

They were left to dry overnight, after which the kids signed their names at the bottom

and we stuck them in shadow-box style picture frames (from Michaels, about $4 each on sale; R.P. $7). I'm still debating whether to have the kids write anything more on the artwork, or if they should write their message on the back of the frame, where they'll have enough space to say everything they want.

Part 2 of Gifts for Teachers will be a while yet - they'll be sewn by me*, and decorated by the kids.
Hopefully in a couple of days we'll be able to take photos of Gifts for Classmates.

* which means procrastination is bound to happen.


  1. Oh wow, I need to start thinking about this! Luckily school doesn't get out until the end of June, but I'm sure it will come sooner than I expect it to!

  2. This is a cool idea. Think I might try this with my kids for their teachers. Thanks for sharing!!

  3. Hi Li Er, You are my new hero

  4. Oh, thank you for posting this, it reminded me that school is out here in just about 5 more weeks! This will be next weekend's art project, I think. :)


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